Friday, February 4, 2011

Who do you wear red for today?

Today, February 4, 2011, is National Wear Red for Women Day. 

The hope is that it will raise awareness of heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the United States.

So, I ask you...who do you wear red in honor of today? 

I wear it for my mother, who died in 1994 of a massive heart attack at the too young age of 53 and never got to see her grandchildren grow up.

I wear it for my grandmother, who died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 63, missing out on so much in life.

But most of all, I wear it for these girls:

Devan, Shari, Shannon, Megan and Madeleine

For my sister and her young daughter, for my own two daughters (and for my middle sister and her 3 daughters, not pictured)....because it's not too late for us.  We can't do anything about the genes we were handed in life, but we can do everything in our power to live a healthier lifestyle than the women who came...and died...before us. 

It is for each of these women, and the countless others who have been or will be affected by heart disease, that I wear red today.

1 comment:

  1. We had "Wear Red" day at school on Friday sponsored by our school nurse. I hope with modern medicine, you can now be assured of living a long healthy life. It is scary to know that your genes aren't so good for some traits.

    You and your girls look like models!